SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Representative Orlando Ramos has become the latest candidate to announce a run for mayor of Springfield.

Ramos announced his decision on Twitter Thursday morning, writing “I’m running for mayor of Springfield. Pa’lante.” “I am a State Rep, union carpenter, and a proud girl Dad. I’m the only candidate with City and State experience ready to move Springfield Forward.”

A former city councilor, Ramos has represented the 9th Hampden District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2021.

Speaking in front of his high school, the state representative was the first candidate in this race to call out Sarno directly. The incumbent Mayor told 22News he plans to run for re-election– but will announce “at the appropriate time.”

“I believe we can reclaim that identity as a city of innovation and the city of firsts. I’m running for Mayor because if we’re all honest with ourselves: Domenic Sarno has changed. He is out of touch,” said Ramos.

Ramos is joining a field that already includes City Councilors Justin Hurst and Jesse Lederman, as well as Dr. David Ciampi, a psychotherapist and counselor. Incumbent Mayor Domenic Sarno has expressed his intention to run for another four-year term, but he has not made a formal announcement.

The presence of three or more candidates on the ballot for mayor would trigger a preliminary election in September to narrow the number of candidates down to two for the November general election.